Fargo Open Rules and Regulations [Modified EBI Rules]


Ways a Match can be Won:

  1. Win via Submission victory within regulation time.
  2. Win in Overtime: victory by submission, fastest submission time, or fastest escape time.
  3. Win by opponent disqualification.

Submission is based upon physical tapping, a verbal tap, or yelling during a submission attempt. If an opponent must have the match stopped for any injury related incident or any other reason beyond control that does not warrant any disqualifications, the opponent will have 5 mins to return to the match or they will have to forfeit the match.


  • Adult Regulation time: 10 min Matches at all skill levels – 5 min overtime.
  • Teen Regulation time: 8 min matches at all skill levels – 5 min overtime.
  • Youth regulation time: 4 min matches at all skill levels – 4 min overtime


Any match whose regulation time ends without a submission immediately moves into Overtime with no
break or time outs. Any competitor who cannot answer the call to immediately participate in the overtime
round will be disqualified.
In Overtime, competitors may choose between 2 dead zone positions described below.

1. The Arm Bar position (Spiderweb).
Each position must have arms hooked, crook of elbow to crook of elbow. The opponent defending the
position may have their arms in any defense configuration they desire.

2. Back Control with Seatbelt Grip
Competitors will begin in a seated back control position upright with both hooks and a seat belt grip. The
opponent may have their hands in place on the seat belt grip and chin tucked before ref begins the round.
Once round begins the body triangle may be applied but not before.

During the overtime rounds opponents are trying to submit or escape as fast as possible. Both opponents
will have a chance to submit their opponent from the dead zone of their choosing. The opponent who
obtains a submission wins the match, or in the case of 2 submissions the fastest submission wins the
In the event of no Submissions, the fastest escape time wins.

Special Awards For:

  • Fastest Submission
  • Team Points Title
  • Absolute No-Gi Champion
  • Absolute Gi Champion

No-Gi Uniform requirements
Shorts, Spats, or combination of shorts and spats, and Rash guard. No Cups, No Gi Pants.

  •  Shorts: – must have no zippers or pockets and must reach at least half way down the thigh. Spats may be worn alone or under shorts.
  •  Spats: are permitted but must be of “rash guard like” material with no rips or tears. Athletes must wear undergarments. The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only brief type undergarments may be worn.
  •  Rash Guards: Athletes must wear a rash guard, short or long sleeve. Rash guards must be long enough to cover the waist band of shorts.

GI Uniform Requirements

Standard Grappling style Gi/Kimono’s of any color are permitted. Belt worn must be of the competitors earned rank/unofficial equivalent. Uniforms must be free of any holes or tears and securely fastened. The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only brief-type undergarments may be worn. No Cups are permitted.

The GI top should reach the athlete’s thigh and the sleeves should come to where a wrist watch would sit on an athlete’s wrist when the arm is extended straight parallel to the ground.

GI pants should reach to slightly above the Ankle bone. Under the Gi top competitors may wear rash guards, however t-shirts are not permitted.  Females are required to wear a rash guard type top underneath their Gi top.

Pulling Guard Rule (Legal Technique All Skill Levels) – You are pulling your opponent down to the ground into your guard. Pulling guard requires one opponent to make contact with the other. A grip must be established on any part of the competitor prior to pulling their opponent down to the ground into their guard. Sitting disengaged to the guard is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted. You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground. Butt scooting will be stood back up immediately. 


Slamming is not permitted however the slam is respected. If an opponent is lifted into the air above the waist line for a period of 5 seconds, the competitors will be reset in a neutral standing position. [Example: Opponent A. is caught in a triangle and lifts opponent B. into the air and keeps the opponents full body above his waist line for 5 seconds the match will reset. However, if opponent B drops reaches for the leg and/or his upper body is hanging below the waist or touching the ground the match is still active.]

*** Referee’s discretion and decisions are final. Verbal abuse of a ref will result in competitor disqualification. Sustained verbal abuse or ANY physical abuse of a ref will result in entire Team disqualification including forfeit of any prizes/placings won to that point without refund.


Official and Unofficial Belt/Skill Rank Structure


OFFICIAL RANK Awarded by an accredited/Recognized BJJ Instructor.

The belt and skill level structure is based on the traditional belt structure of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belts ‘White Belt through Black Belt’ awarded by an accredited instructor permitted to award such rank.


[based on personal training experience]

For athletes who do not have ‘official rank’ but training for extended periods of time, we will use specific classification for these Unranked Grapplers.

Grappling Experience includes all forms of grappling training combined including arts such as Wrestling, Sambo, Judo, Japanese Jujitsu, Catch-wrestling or any other Grappling based arts.


Official Rank:                                                              Unofficial Rank Equivalent:

·         White Belt

·         Gray Belt

·         Yellow Belt

·         Orange Belt

·         Green Belt

·         Under 1 year of experience

·         Under 18 months of experience

·         18 months – 3 years of experience

·         3 – 5 years of experience

·         5+ years of experience



Official Rank:                                                              Unofficial Rank Equivalent:

·         White Belt

·         Blue Belt

·         Purple Belt

·         Brown Belt

·         Black Belt


·         0 – 3 years of experience

·         4 – 7 years of experience

·         8 – 11 years of experience

·         12 – 15 years of experience

·         16 years + experience



*** Rank discrepancies will be decided using time/experience.